Research has proved that engaging a child in pretend-play in their early years benefits their development greatly.
18 July 2017| Last updated on 30 January 2018
Roleplaying is introduced to children at an early age when their imagination is at its peak and inhibitions are practically unknown. This liberated sense of self is handy to fully absorb the many benefits of pretend-play. It is also a safe and realistic introduction to the 'real world' and possibly the best way to prepare children for real-world scenarios.
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10 ways how role-playing can benefit children
- Develops communication and language skills
- Allows children to act out and make sense of real-life situations
- Allows children to explore, investigate and experiment
- Develops social skills as children collaborate with others
- Encourages children to empathises: by taking on the role of character teaches children an understanding of different perspectives.
- Helps children learn about different cultures
- Encourages children to express their ideas and feelings in a relaxed environment
- Develops children's awareness of themselves and others
- Gets children learning more as learning is disguised as play
- Sparks creativity and imagination
How adults can help
Adults - both parents and teachers - can help a great deal in 'setting the stage' for a child's pretend-play activity. It is best to give children the authority to pick and choose their characters, develop them and most importantly, participate along with them so it gives them the feeling that they are appreciated and that their ideas matter.
It may seem frivolous to some, but roleplaying is a key element of preschool children and this early-on training can facilitate better cognition and empathy in children.